Fall Floral

At 36 weeks and counting, I’m pretty much limited to maternity clothes these days, but wanted to share one of my favorite weekend outfits. I knew that finding and investing in a good pair of maternity jeans would serve me well and was beyond thrilled when I found my favorite jeans in a maternity version! The AG Jeans “Stilt” cigarette leg jean is one of my favorites because the cigarette leg is not quite as slim as most “skinny” jeans and even the extra stretchy maternity version steers clear of being too much like a “jegging”. This navy tunic top has been a perfect transitional piece from late summer to fall, and I can pair it with brown riding boots and scarf on chillier days.
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AG Stilt Jeans / A Pea in the Pod convertible sleeve blouse Olivia Palermo for Bauble Bar necklace

Maternity Work Wear Capsule Collection

While I am more than thankful that maternity work wear is not what it was when my mother was expecting me, I still struggled to find affordable options than felt polished enough for my office environment. Typically, tailored shift dresses and pencil skirts with silk blouses and high heels are de rigueur for my work week. Needless to say, these options phased themselves out by the middle of the second trimester. After scouring many websites, I ended up being a loyal fan of A Pea in the Pod as I found it was worth the extra investment for the tailored dresses and tops and familiar designers I was searching for.

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This Taylor elbow sleeve shift dress for A Pea in the Pod has been great to layer with a blazer and heels for the office or a sparkly necklace and strappy sandals for a night out. The non-maternity version is available at Nordstrom.maternity rachel zoe

This Rachel Zoe maternity shift was conservative enough for the office, especially when worn over tights, but the little bit of metallic thread in the tweed gave it just bit of a glam edge. It’s also super comfy!maternity-coco-dress-navy-1_large

Probably my favorite maternity dress purchase, this Madderson London dress packs tons of polish, is super soft yet structured, and is incredibly figure flattering. It’s no wonder than Kate Middleton has been a fan of the brand as well.

maternity belted tunic

A basic black and white belted tunic blouse has served me well. Playing with different jewelry options and scarves has allowed me to add a pop of color to change up the look.maternity embellished tank top

This swingy embellished tank has been a go-to with black pants and a blazer for business professional days, and has layered well under a cream cardigan or blazer with jeans for a versatile “off-duty” look. There is a side tie that can be tied in the front or back to more clearly define your bump.

maternity minnie pant

After trying on countless pairs of black maternity work pants that were all too short, the J. Crew maternity “minnie pant” (currently on sale) was my saving grace and is still serving me well. I purchased the tall size so that they hit at the ankle and are long enough for the office and can be paired with heels or flats.

What are your maternity wardrobe work wear must-haves?

Life Lately

Hi everyone,

I’ve been away from blogging for quite a while lately, much longer than I intended, as I’ve been swept up in my “busy season” at work and getting ready for baby! As things are settling down at the office and my due date is drawing near, I hope to get back to more regular updates. The end of summer absolutely flew by, and I was able enjoy wearing most of my normal clothes until well into my second trimester. Even now that I’m less than four weeks from my due date, I’ve been able to get by with a “capsule collection” of maternity clothes. My biggest struggle was finding tailored, professional looking work wear that I felt confident in. I’m working on a post of my maternity work wardrobe must-haves for those in a fairly conservative office environment.


I still really haven’t had any weird cravings, but did indulge in a weekly salt bagel egg white sandwich from Bodo’s Bagels in Charlottesville, VA (a UVa staple!) for a few weeks during my second trimester. I’ve tried to keep up a gym routine as much as possible, but have mainly been using the elliptical machine since the fluid motion is the comfortable with the extra weight I’m carrying. Most weekends have been spent tackling home improvement projects that have always been on the list, but now have a deadline. Ted did a great job putting up crown molding in the baby’s room and kitchen and installing a “built-in” bookshelf in the basement. We’ve also been trying to clean out to make room for all of the new baby gear that we’ve acquired from friends and family. My Alexandria friends, that have become like family, threw an amazing baby shower a few weeks ago that I promise to share as well!


Glad to be back at it and sharing with my online friends. Thanks for reading!



Gender Announcement

Ted and I are thrilled to announce that we’re having a baby boy!
Kristen Baby Reveal (1 of 2) Kristen Baby Reveal (1 of 1)I’ve been getting lots of questions about how I’ve been feeling, what I’ve been craving, etc. so here goes. I’m feeling great! I have to say that I’ve been really lucky and didn’t really deal with morning sickness during my first trimester unless I let myself get really hungry. I did eat more carbs than usual since a salad sounded like the last thing I wanted to eat some days, but enjoyed being able to get away with eating bread without the guilt. Now that I’m well into my second trimester, my energy level is pretty much back to normal and I’m making sure to eat plenty of protein and veggies. Oh, and ice cream…for the calcium, of course. I’m also keeping up my gym routine, but have replaced more intense classes with pilates for strength and toning. I managed to stick to my pre-pregnancy wardrobe until just a few weeks ago when I finally started to pop. Each weekend has involved a closet cleaning session to keep weekday morning frustration at bay, with my beloved tailored J. Crew dresses and pencil skirts being the first items to go. See ya next spring!

Now that we know the gender, we can really get to decorating the nursery and settling on a name. Ted is a junior, so he’s petitioning for a third, but I’ll need a good nickname so there is no doubt who I’m talking to!

Thanks for reading!



Exciting News

After 15 years of friendship, 6 years of marriage, and countless adventures together, Ted and I are excited to welcome a new addition to our family this December!!!


photos courtesy of Brittany Patterson

St. Patty’s Day Inspiration with Rocksbox

I recently took the plunge into subscription wardrobe services with Rocksbox. It’s like Netflix for jewelry where you add items to your “wish list” and marvel as designer pieces appear at your doorstep. You can wear them once and return or purchase the pieces at a discount if you fall in love with an item. My most recent box featured a beautiful green onyx ring that was perfect for St. Patty’s Day along with adorable bow earrings and a sparkly crystal necklace. I plan on pairing them with this silk chiffon blouse for a festive workday ensemble that would make any girl green with envy! It’s amazing how something as simple as a statement necklace can transform an outfit. Be one of the first 3 readers to use code kristenbff188 for a free month of Rocksbox! How are you wearing green this year?IMG_1628IMG_1622

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Hollywood’s Biggest Night

After a long week of traveling for work, a night in to watch the Oscars was exactly what I needed. I picked up a few favorite snacks and snuggled up on the couch with my hubby and and pup to watch the show. We munched on Bourbon Vanilla Butterscotch popcorn, Rosemary White Cheddar popcorn, Marcona almonds, and macaroons. The red carpet was a bit underwhelming this year with few majorly fashion forward moments, though exquisite tailoring was a theme of the evening. A few of my personal favorites were Chrissy Teigen in her daring, but delicate pale blue Zuhair Murad gown, Reese Witherspoon keeping it classic in black and white Tom Ford, and Rosamund Pike having her best red carpet ever in a similar hued Givenchy number. What was your favorite red carpet moment?

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Red carpet photos from E! Online



Pass the Marsala…I’m still wearing Oxblood

There is something about a chill in the air and a lack of leaves on the trees that makes us put away the pretty pastels and beach brights in favor of more somber shades. In the past I’ve opted for eggplant as a reprieve from the blacks, greys, and beiges that often dominate a winter wardrobe, but this year I’m still obsessed with oxblood. A bit deeper plum-brown than burgundy, oxblood is eye-catching yet surprisingly versatile. I first dabbled in the color by sporting an oxblood pout and nails against my sparkling emerald green cocktail dress for the annual firm Christmas party (I used Christian Dior lip liner in Sweet Plum topped with Bobbi Brown lip color in Crimson and L’oreal Infallible gloss in Mirror Underneath and China Glaze in Prey Tell), and have now been looking for more ways to incorporate the shade into my wardrobe. Are you embracing Marsala as the color of the year or bucking the trend for a richer hue?

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Merry Christmas!

Happy Holidays 2014

A very Merry Christmas from my family to you and yours! Also, a special thank you to The Patterson Group at TTR | Sotheby’s International Realty in Alexandria, VA for graciously letting us use their beautifully decorated front door as a backdrop for our Christmas card. It is hard to believe it’s been a whole year since Phyllis and Brittany helped us find our perfect first home (just in time for Christmas), and are so thankful for their continued friendship.

Winter Escape…to Costa Rica!

Right now the east coast is is a deep freeze after being pummeled with snow and I cannot think of anywhere I would rather be more than on a beach somewhere! Lucky for me, we’re actually packing to get on a plane for a wedding in Costa Rica so more than just thinking about rays of sunshine, I actually get to pack for it, and here are a few things at the top of my list!


Marysia Swim Antibes Scallop Bikini


Vince Camuto Aqua Dress


Tory Burch Savu Tunic